Volunteers needed for Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
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Last year's Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off on Newport Avenue. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Last year's Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off on Newport Avenue. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is seeking applicants as volunteers at the 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival, set for Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, and those 14 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill quickly. Each volunteer must fill out an individual application. MainStreet Association is looking for 200 volunteers to sell and take tickets, sell merchandise and calculate change; sell space, distribute paint and assist mural painters; place tables and chairs during general set-up; assist at the Rock & Roll San Diego experimental music area; control traffic; and help break down the event. Volunteers receive free water and a volunteer T-shirt, which must be worn during the shift. Volunteers must check in 20 minutes prior to shift start time at the MainStreet Association office, 1868 Bacon St., Suite A. More than 70,000 visitors are expected for the annual tasty nosh, art, beachfront entertainment and shopping as chili contest entrants vie for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges Award and the People’s Choice Award. Admission is free, and patrons can also take part in the creation of the annual Street Fair Community Mural.  Questions about shift times and changes in availability can be directed to Nicole at the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association office, 619-224-4906, or nicole@oceanbeachsandiego.com.
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Ravive Health & Vitality clinic opens in Point Loma
by SAVANAH DUFFY
Published - 04/25/18 - 08:05 AM | 199 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Owner and director of Ravive Health & Vitality health clinic, Howard Flamm.
Owner and director of Ravive Health & Vitality health clinic, Howard Flamm.
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In a day when obesity is considered a worldwide epidemic, owner and director of Ravive Health & Vitality health clinic, Howard Flamm, is doing his part to make a difference. Seven years ago, Flamm opened his first Ravive health clinic in Denver, specifically designed to help people lose weight through nutritional and healthy lifestyle choices. Just a few months ago, Flamm opened his newest clinic location in Point Loma, at 2907 Shelter Island Drive. The clinic uses a weight loss program called “Ideal Protein,” which includes FDA-approved, medical-grade meal replacements. The program was started by highly-acclaimed French doctor, Dr. Tran Tien Chanh, who has an MD and Ph.D in nutrition and sports medicine. Flamm says he had the opportunity to work alongside Chanh, which helped Flamm start his own clinic. According to Flamm, the Ravive clinic in Denver has 1,500 patients who have lost a total of 20,000 pounds since the clinic’s opening. Additionally, there have even been cases of reversing diabetes. “We’ve had many people tearing up in our office,” says Flamm. “They’ve tried so hard for so many years and this is the thing that’s done it for them.” Many people consider San Diego to be one of California’s more fitness-focused cities, and Flamm says that’s precisely one of the reasons he chose Point Loma to open his clinic: San Diegans are fit and healthy, and have a high interest in staying that way. “One thing we love about our patients is they’re coming in [and] they’re already willing,” he says. “You don’t have to convince them.” In addition to the “Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program,: Ravive also offers one-on-one nutritional coaching, acupuncture, therapeutic massages, vitamin B-12 injections and i-lipo laser body contouring. “All of the services that we provide here, you would typically have to go to multiple different clinics in order to receive what we do,” says clinic manager and wellness coach Amanda Streetman. According to Flamm, the B-12 shot, a pharmaceutical treatment also referred to as a “happy shot,” has been particularly successful in San Diego. The B-12 shot enhances brain focus, energy and immunity, he says. Also offered are the Mic B and Lipo B treatments, both of which contain aminos that help with weight loss and fat metabolism. The clinic’s massages are also unique in that while many clinics charge specific prices for each different massage, Ravive offers a blanket price of $75, with a $20 discount for first-timers. Every massage is customized to fit each client’s need. Cannabinoid-infused massages are also offered, for a $15 upgrade. The naturally-healing oil penetrates the lean muscle tissue, and can ease pain for up to 72 hours of relief. Only the cannabinoid oil is used, so there are no psycho active effects. With much of modern day medicine taking over the weight-loss movement, Flamm is working to encourage people to turn to nutrition, lifestyle changes and “alternative medicine” instead. “We’re very passionate about spreading the whole idea of improved health,” he says. “There’s still all-natural holistic approaches to medicine.” Ravive Health & Vitality Where: 2907 Shelter Island Drive Ste. 219 Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: ravivevitality.com.
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Roger Bronner
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Sanitation driver in San Diego named best in the nation
Published - 04/24/18 - 02:34 PM | 521 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roger Bronner
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The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced on April 24 the winner of the organization’s Driver of the Year Award, naming longtime City of San Diego driver, Roger Bronner, as the nation’s top sanitation driver. The award was presented during the sanitation industry’s annual 2018 WasteExpo in Las Vegas. Bronner is a 29-year veteran of the City’s Environmental Services Department (ESD), Collections Services Division. “My sincere congratulations to Mr. Bronner on this incredible honor,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “He represents this City’s commitment to excellence in customer service and he sets an example for all of us to follow. We appreciate his dedication to our City and its residents.” The Driver of the Year award was presented to Bronner during the NWRA’s annual Awards Breakfast. Bronner previously finished as a semi-finalist in 2004. Other awards presented at this event included Operator of the Year, Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service, Member of the Year and the Chapter Leadership Award. Bronner was recognized for his many contributions to his job, including a notable record of zero traffic accidents over the span of his career. He joined the City’s ESD on April 17, 1989 and has driven a variety of trucks, including one of the City’s new Compressed Natural Gas vehicles. Over the years, Bronner has earned recognition by the City for his dedication and commitment to customer service.  “The City is proud of Mr. Bronner’s selection as National Driver of the Year as his nearly 30-year record of zero accidents or injuries on the job symbolizes the Environmental Services Department‘s focus on safety first, second and always,” said Collections Services Division deputy director Johnnie Perkins. 
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